In the Magic esports debut for Historic, the fledgling format found itself entering the 2020 Mythic Invitational with an unexpected—but unsurprising—leader in
Players were prepared to see just how far they could go with Goblins. How would it stand up to a metagame where most players showed up with some kind of anti-Goblins plan?
After seven rounds of play, anyone with a 4-3 record advanced to Day Two. The verdict on Goblins? Pretty even. Mono-Red and Rakdos versions of Goblins combined to make up 33.8% of the Day One field; they represented 32.1% entering Day Two.
Here's how the full metagame shook out.
Between the Day Two numbers and six other archetypes among the top ten players at the end of Day One, Historic was off to an auspicious start. Day One was filled with back-and-forth games featuring wild
Historic at the 2020 Mythic Invitational had it all.
In the midst of such polarizing ends of the format, Goblins rose to the top due to its unique mix of explosiveness—thanks to
Battle for The Field
Of the decks played by a large chunk of players, Sultai Midrange overperformed the most. Its 5% increase in its share of the field from the Day One to Day Two field showed that
What Goblins has in synergy and explosive plays, Sultai makes up for in raw power. It brings together the power of Uro alongside
It took Montserrat Ayensa to a 6-1 finish, the only Uro representative at 18 points or better.
Sacrifice decks also had a good day. From Ivan Floch's undefeated Day One run with Jund Sacrifice list to Andrew Norgren's more aggressive Rakdos Sacrifice build to the four copies of
The key addition that sets these decks apart from their Standard counterparts is the addition of
- Generating an army of
Young Pyromancertokens, then
- Sacrificing those tokens to
- Stealing opponents' creatures with
Claim the Firstborn, then
- Sacrificing opponents' creatures with
Priest of Forgotten Gods
The deck is brought together by the snowballing power
A few other Day One takeaways for the Historic format:
- Mono-Red, rather than Rakdos, may be the superior build of Goblins. The players that contorted their mana base to play
Thoughtseizeearly in games performed slightly worse than their mono-colored counterparts. While Mono-Red Goblins increased its meta share by a few points, Rakdos variants went the opposite direction. (The overall result was neutral for Goblins, as noted above.)
- Pure combo decks did not do well—except for Mono-Black God-Pharaoh's Gift.
Kethis, the Hidden Handdecks and the lonesome Bant Turbofog did not fare well on Day One, and combo was noticeably absent from the rest of the field to start.
- It's also not a good tournament for
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. None of the four Azorius Control players advanced to Day Two. Similarly, Bant Control fell off the map with only one of nine players returning for Friday.
Best of the Rest
Some true brews emerged to perform well, however. Headlining has to be Christopher Leonard, who was one of just two players to bring Mono-Green Planeswalkers to battle. Going rogue paid off, as he finished Day One comfortably at 6-1.
As the combo deck exception, Mono-Black